Hearing loss and PRPS1 mutations: Wide spectrum of phenotypes and potential therapy
SourceInternational Journal of Audiology, 52, 1, (2013), pp. 23-28
Article / Letter to editor
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International Journal of Audiology
SubjectNCMLS 6: Genetics and epigenetic pathways of disease DCN MP - Plasticity and memory
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review was to evaluate the current literature on phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase 1 (PRPS1)-related diseases and their consequences on hearing function. DESIGN: A literature search of peer-reviewed, published journal articles was conducted in online bibliographic databases. Study sample: Three databases for medical research were included in this review. RESULTS: Mutations in PRPS1 are associated with a spectrum of non-syndromic to syndromic hearing loss. Hearing loss in male patients with PRPS1 mutations is bilateral, moderate to profound, and can be prelingual or postlingual, progressive or non-progressive. Audiogram shapes associated with PRPS1 deafness are usually residual and flat. Female carriers can have unilateral or bilateral hearing impairment. Gain of function mutations in PRPS1 cause a superactivity of the PRS-I protein whereas the loss-of-function mutations result in X-linked nonsyndromic sensorineural deafness type 2 (DFN2), or in syndromic deafness including Arts syndrome and X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease-5 (CMTX5). CONCLUSIONS: Lower residual activity in PRS-I leads to a more severe clinical manifestation. Clinical and molecular findings suggest that the four PRPS1 disorders discovered to date belong to the same disease spectrum. Dietary supplementation with S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) appeared to alleviate the symptoms of Arts syndrome patients, suggesting that SAM could compensate for PRS-I deficiency.
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